KHALEEJ TIMES, Monday, Jan 17, 2022 | Jamada Al-Aakhirah 14, 1443
Covid in UAE: New rules for schools, teachers, administrative staff from today
Emirates: The Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) has issued the
new measures for public school teachers and administrative staff attending
schools physically, which should be adhered to in the coming week to protect the
health of everyone against Covid-19.
The measures include dividing the teachers, administrative and technical staff
into groups (for instance; A, B and C), and their working hours should not
exceed 50 per cent for the coming week.
Schools should provide separate rooms for teachers and administrative staff, not
allow them to mix at all times and stop conducting physical meetings. The
meetings should be held virtually.
In a circular distributed to all public schools in the country, the ESE said the
measures will be implemented from Monday, January 17 until Friday, January 21.
All UAE public school pupils resumed the second term with remote learning, and
it was to continue for two weeks. But authorities announced last Wednesday that
students would attend classes virtually for one more week. This means that
classes will be hosted remotely till at least January 21.
However, teachers and administrative staff go to school campuses from where they
conduct the remote classes.
In the circular, the establishment urged school administrators to ensure that
all their staff have been vaccinated and adhere to the Covid-19 requirements,
including wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing whenever they
are at the school premises.
If someone tests positive in any of the groups (A, B, C or ..), measures will be
taken, including switching to remote working for the group where an infected
person has been found.
Teachers and administrative staff have also been told to take precautionary
measures while meeting visitors, including parents or pupils’ guardians and
others. Everyone visiting the school premises should have a green pass on their
Al Hosn app.
The establishment also stressed the need to avoid gatherings at all times and
for everyone to eat meals alone in their offices during break or lunchtime.
Teachers and administrative staff should also avoid sharing meals or drinks,
said the circular.
School administrators have also been told to warn companies responsible for
cleaning the schools that their workers should not be present at school premises
during official working hours.
Workers of other companies and school service providers must also meet the green
pass status requirements on Al Hosn app. These companies must also immediately
notify the school administration of any confirmed cases or contacts among their
employees to prevent them from entering the schools.